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On every page, the language is crisp and fresh, the details sharp and keenly observed, the dialogue real, never forced....The novel itself is of the highest caliber in its genre and makes the leap into literature, as do the best works in all genres." --Los Angeles Times
Tense, emotional, and unforgiving, Tom Epperson's The Kind One is a beautifully written take on the dark Hollywood of the '30s a perfect noir novel that is pure and original, with a heavy heart that beats through each page. -- Robert Crais, New York Times bestselling author. Tom Epperson's Depression-era Los Angeles is spot-on....With gangsters on the chase we race down the Sunset Strip, as bullets are flying and blondes are crying. Epperson knows how to write with philosophic compassion and kick-ass action. What a great read! -- Steve Hodell, bestselling author of Black Dahlia Avenger: A Genius for Murder --.
Top Customer Reviews
I lost the bet -- big time! But in this case, losing meant winning -- I gained a thrilling read. To label this book a gangster novel does not do it justice. It is really a first-rate character novel about an interesting, likable fellow, two-gun Danny, who just happens to be thrust into the world of gangsters. How he got there is precisely the issue -- and one he keeps asking himself since he has lost his memory of his past life. He does not seem to fit into the thuggish world of his truly frightening boss. As he struggles to figure out his past, he meets several other misfits, both in and outside of the gangster world. For me, the most interesting set of characters were those he met in his Hollywood apartment complex, each of which is sharply drawn and wonderfully memorable. Epperson deftly weaves all of their lives together in surprising twists as this psychological thriller unfolds, with their lives converging at the end. By the time I approached that end, I found myself reading more slowly to draw out the pleasure of remaining with the characters. As I closed the book cover, I wondered: is this really a gangster novel if Epperson's artful, psychological portraits made me forget his characters were largely in a gangster world?
It isn't a private eye with a Philip Marlowe to lead an investigation but we do have the Los Angeles and Southern California setting and we have Chandler's wonderful storytelling and dialogue.
It's the 1930's and Danny Landon works for mobster Bud Seitz.
Danny, aka Two Gun Danny has amnesia from being hit on the head with a lead pipe and goes through the story trying to find out who he really is.
Bud asks Danny to act as bodyguard for his mistress, Darla. When the story opens, Bud's chimp, Doc, bites Darla and Danny has to put it down.
This is almost too reminiscent of the recent champanze attack on the woman in Stamford,Ct.
This descriptive novel wastes no time with unnecessary facts. It is plot driven with intensive dialogue and little character development.
After a slow start we see Danny and Darla interacting with each other and Darla showing her discomfort with being Bud's mistress and his autocratic approach to their relationship.
The reader is made to wonder what will happen as Danny and Darla fall in love. Will they meet the fate of Bud's last girlfriend and the employee who made a poor choice and inappropately touched her and paid the ultimate price.
Life is cheap in the 1930's surrounding Bud Seitz who doesn't hesitate to kill anyone who displeases him, be it a stranger or one of his employees.
While this is happening, Danny is trying to help his 11 year old neighbor Sophie who is being abused.
The plot twists and turns are interesting and we find that there is a relationship between Danny and Bud Seitz, more than just employer-employee.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A tale from the 30's with a twist: L.A. gunman Danny Landon can't remember anything since he was hit on the head a year ago with a lead pipe. Read morePublished on February 8, 2013 by Jim Napier, mystery & crime fiction reviewer
Epperson shows a flair for the hard-boiled, laconic style. I love the characters, both the Kind One's gangsters and Danny Two-Gun's neighbors. Read morePublished on April 29, 2012 by noirlover
Tom Epperson's, first novel, a retro look back at Los Angeles in the dirty thirties entitled The Kind One, is a direct hit out of the ballpark, and how! Read morePublished on January 13, 2011 by R. M. Desjardins
We see this world through our brain damaged hero's eyes. At a slow slog down this road, the reader's head hurts too. Do we ever know what really happened in the back story? Read morePublished on July 23, 2010 by John Bowes
This book is to a Raymond Chandler work as a soufle is to a banana split.
One is full of complex ingredients and is totally satisfying, while the other is empty and full of... Read more
Tom Epperson's THE KIND ONE is classic literature and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Epperson's eye for period detail is extraordinary, and his ability to paint his... Read morePublished on November 10, 2009 by Stephen Jay Schwartz
Being a fan of crime novels based in the 1930's I was attracted to this by the great reviews, particularly by a writer Robert Crais who I really enjoy reading. Read morePublished on October 30, 2009 by John Crawley
A beautiful trip back to Los Angeles in the 1930's during which a seemingly misplaced soul searches for his identity in the midst of violence and double cross. Mr. Read morePublished on July 27, 2009 by TJTL
Tom Epperson's The Kind One works the miracle of making an iconic genre original again. Set in 1930's Los Angeles, this noir gangster tale is deep, nuanced, and breathtakingly... Read morePublished on February 11, 2008 by A. M. Melzer